Care, support and you – have your say on changes

Yesterday West Sussex County Council launched a consultation for residents to influence the way people receive care and support. Care and support is the term used to describe help for adults of all ages with things like washing, dressing, eating, getting out and about and keeping in touch with friends or family.

The new Care Act which comes into force next April means care and support in England is changing. The changes are designed to help people plan for the future and put people more in control of the help they receive, have more control over their care and support and remain independent for as long as possible.

While the way most parts of the Act are delivered is being decided by the Government, some aspects can be decided locally which is why West Sussex County Council is asking about:

  • carrying out assessments for carers and for people needing social care support;
  • delivering an independent advocacy service (someone to speak on a person’s behalf);
  • how we charge people for services.

Four public meetings for people to hear a presentation of the proposals, ask questions and seek views will be held in:

  • Worthing – on 12 January 2015 from 6.30-8pm at Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftsbury Avenue, Worthing, BN12 4ET
  • Crawley – on 15 January 2015 from 6.30-8pm at The Charis Centre, West Green Drive, Crawley, RH11 7EL;
  • Burgess Hill – on 20 January 2015 from 6.30-8pm at Marletts Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NN; and
  • Chichester – on 26 January 2015 from 6.30-8pm at Chichester College, Conference Hall, Chichester Campus, Westgate Fields, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1SB.

The Council is keen to hear from people of all ages even if they are many years away from needing care and support. The consultation will only take a few minutes but the answers will help influence how parts of the Care Act are delivered in West Sussex.  The consultation runs until Wednesday 11 February 2015 and you, family, friend or colleague can take part and submit your views via:

Online Survey: www.westsussex.gov.uk/careact
Calling: 01243 642121
Email: [email protected]
Writing: Have Your Say, Care, Support and You,
Freepost RSBK-CHTU-KGGG,
West Sussex County Council,
Chichester, PO19 1RQ

Attached to this email is further information regarding the Act and the consultation along with the survey form and a poster advertising the above events.  Click on these links to read this further information:  WS1630 Care Act consultation_Booklet Care Act consultation factsheet_FINAL (2)  WS1630 Care Act consultation_Survey  WS1630 Care Act consultation_Poster

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